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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Nov 6, 2008 9:30am
Forum: iraq_war Subject: Re: Non-English collection tidying

Relevant to the issues highlighted in a recent thread:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=211172

Now that there is a lot of material in one place, it's apparent that a fair portion of the subcollection is labeled *very* poorly. In some cases, unidentified material has been in the Archive since 2005-6, but patrons have recontributed the same content in 2007-8, perhaps due to their confusion over what is already available.

For any library, the data *about* an item can be as important as the item itself. Unlabeled content does not do much good for a library in the long term. The more time that passes, the less useful unidentified content becomes to a library.

Thus, some additional tidying of the collection may occur over time, so that items with better contributor-added metadata will become more apparent in the mix. Poorly described uploads are less likely than well-described uploads to be retained long term.

Update, FYI to any interested uploaders: Fake metadata does not count as good metadata. :P

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2008-11-06 17:30:18

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: Nov 6, 2008 9:21am
Forum: iraq_war Subject: Re: Non-English collection tidying

Followup: What's looking better from the perspective of a library is apparently very different from some other perspective. Interesting link:

http://www.jihadica.com/jihadi-media-materials-under-attack-on-archiveorg/